Saudi Arabia executed 37 men, almost all of them from the country's minority Shiite community, on terrorism-related crimes, the kingdom's official news agency announced Tuesday. The killings, which were carried out in multiple cities, including Riyadh, Mecca, and Medina are thought to be the largest mass execution of Shiites in the Sunni-majority country's history. The majority of these trials, according to Amnesty International, were "convicted after violations that violated international fair trials standards."
"The individual were found guilty of attacking security installations with explosives, killing a number of security officers and cooperating with enemy organizations against the interests of the country, the Interior Ministry said," according to the Associated Press. "Executions are traditionally carried out after midday prayers. The public displays of the bodies of the bodies of a human being are taken for a full day. "
In addition to the gruesome beheadings, one man has been beheaded, the country's interior ministry said in a statement. "Executions are usually carried out by beheading," the BBC reports. By Amnesty's count, the Saudi regime has executed at least 104 people so far this year, a dramatic increase in the number of executions from the previous year. That rise, the AP notes, likely has something to do with Support for the Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman's regime. "The kingdom and its Sunni-led Arab allies have been emboldened by U.S.. President Donald Trump's unrelenting dedication to pressuring Iran's Shiite clerical leadership, which includes his decision to withdraw from a nuclear agreement with Iran and re-impose punishing sanctions to cripple its economy, "the Associated Press notes.